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5 Homeschooling Tips for Parents

Homeschooling is an educational option that allows parents to teach their children at home. It offers many advantages over traditional school settings, including flexibility in scheduling, greater control over curriculum, and the ability to tailor lessons to individual needs. We love it because we think kids thrive within it.

1. Start Early/Think High.

If you start early, you will stay late. You can begin teaching your child as soon as he/she is born. This gives you plenty of time to prepare yourself for the task ahead. We think a key part of this is to STOP THINKING KIDS ARE KIDS. Don't talk down to them and don't underestimate them.

2. Choose a curriculum.

There are several different curricula available for homeschooling. One of the most popular ones is called “The Classical Home School Curriculum.” It includes a wide range of subjects such as math, science, history, language arts, art, music, and more. The Jool curriculum aims to go beyond classical approaches by being thrilling, way more challenging, and removing tests completely.

3. Set Goals.

You should set goals for yourself when you start homeschooling. This will help you stay motivated throughout the year. At Jool, we believe the starting target should be 2 years ahead of school curriculums. That sounds a bit nuts, but we think it isn't. Homeschooling removes distractions and downtime to the extent that you can do far more with far less time.

4. Be Flexible.

If you decide to homeschool, you need to be flexible with your schedule. It’s not easy to find the right balance between work and family life. However, there are some things you can do to make sure you’re able to keep up with your responsibilities. With Jool classes, we don't sweat ticking off every box in a lesson to say we covered all of it. Sometimes, our classes go off onto different questions or areas, but we embrace that. Let learning flow in the direction the kids take it. Circle back to the curriculum and keep moving on.

5. Have Fun....X Have a thrilling time!

First up, stop using easy vocabulary. Ban 'good', 'bad', 'fun', and all other criminally easy words. Explore more meaning with better lexis. If it's 'good', is it gratifying? Is it fascinating? However, to do this, you need to have a thrilling time. Set the bar high in every way, but know this - if it isn't thrilling, kids won't enjoy it. Dress up, act, sing, write poetry, build things along with essays, analysis, critical thinking and more. Kids are hedonists so make learning thrilling.

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